The Samoan trio from Auckland, New Zealand, made up of tenor brothers Pene and Amitai Pati and their baritone cousin Moses Mackay, have taken New Zealand by storm since releasing their debut album in November 2013. That monster eponymous album has been the highest selling NZ album since its release. 2014 and 2015 have seen the trio completely sell out two national tours, as well as perform two special shows at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington where they filmed a ‘Live in Concert’ DVD. They concluded 2014 with two outdoor ‘Christmas In The Vine’ winery shows. The trio’s sophomore album “On Another Note,” released late 2015 continues the journey that Sol3 Mio have been on for the last four years. Their 2016 New Zealand tour and last national tour for at least the next two years, was their biggest yet, playing 16 dates across the country. Their voices – phenomenal and multi-award winning, including 2 x Lexus Song Quest Awards – and their brilliant comic timing make Sol3 Mio’s live performances something truly special and unique.
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CHRISTMAS IN THE VINES WITH SOL3 MIO 2016
Thursday 15 December Wellington Waitangi Park Saturday 17 December Canterbury Waipara Hills Sunday 18 December Auckland Villa Maria
ON ANOTHER NOTE TOUR 2016
Saturday 27 February Nelson Trafalgar Park Monday 29 February Blenheim Stadium 2000 Wednesday 2 March Napier Pettigrew Green Arena Friday 4 March Palmerston North Central Energy Trust Arena Saturday 5 March New Plymouth TSB Bowl Of Brooklands Tuesday 8 March Tauranga Baypark Arena Wednesday 9 March Tauranga Baypark Arena Friday 11 March Auckland Vector Arena Saturday 12 March Hamilton Claudelands Arena Wednesday 16 March Whangarei ASB Stadium Thursday 17 March Whangarei ASB Stadium Saturday 19 March Wellington TSB Bank Arena Monday 21 March Dunedin Town Hall Wednesday 23 March Invercargill ILT Stadium Southland Thursday 24 March Queenstown Events Centre Saturday 26 March Christchurch Horncastle Arena
CHRISTMAS IN THE VINES WITH SOL3 MIO 2015
Saturday 19 December Waipara Waipara Hills Winery Sunday 20 December Auckland Villa Maria Winery
SOL3 MIO THERE AND BACK TOUR 2015
Friday 20 February Auckland Auckland Zoo Monday 23 February Palmerston North Regent on Broadway Tuesday 24 February Napier Municipal Theatre Thursday 26 February Tauranga ASB Bank Arena Friday 27 February Hamilton Claudelands Arena Saturday 28 February New Plymouth TSB Bowl of Brooklands Tuesday 3 March Invercargill Stadium Southland Wednesday 4 March Dunedin Town Hall Thursday 5 March Christchurch Horncastle Arena
SOL3 MIO CHRISTMAS IN THE VINES 2014
Friday 19 December Havelock North Black Barn Vineyards Sunday 21December Auckland Villa Maria Winery
SOL3 MIO LIVE IN WELLINGTON 2014
Sunday 28 September Wellington Michael Fowler Centre Monday 29 September Wellington Michael Fowler Centre
SOL3 MIO NATIONAL TOUR 2014
Monday 3 March Hamilton Founders Theatre Tuesday 4 March Hamilton Founders Theatre Thursday 6 March New Plymouth TSB Showplace Friday 7 March Palmerston North Regent On Broadway Saturday 8 March Wellington Michael Fowler Centre Monday 10 March Wanganui Royal Wanganui Opera House Tuesday 11 March Hastings Hawke’s Bay Opera House Wednesday 12 March Napier Municipal Theatre Friday 14 March Auckland ASB Theatre Sunday 16 March Whangarei Forum North Tuesday 18 March Nelson Nelson College Wednesday 19 March Blenheim Stadium 2000 Friday 21 March Timaru Theatre Royal Saturday 22 March Dunedin Regent Theatre Monday 24 March Invercargill Civic Theatre Wednesday 26 March Christchurch CBS Arena
Sol3 Mio's stage selfie part of a perfect performance (On Another Note Tour 2016)
Now that’s how you take a selfie.Opera stars Sol3 Mio were so delighted to return to New Plymouth’s TSB Bowl of Brooklands on Saturday night they took a photograph to commemorate the event – with their audience as the backdrop.
The trio, brothers Pene and Amitai Pati and their cousin Moses Mackay, had already delighted more than 2000 fans with more than two hours of music – encompassing everything from well-known arias such as Nessun Dorma to songs made famous by the likes of Dean Martin, Sir Tom Jones and even Coldplay – when they decided to take a snap of the occasion.
It was a perfect illustration of how these performers approach their craft – they enjoy the event as much as their audience – but not quite, perhaps as much as the lady who, near the end of the show, jumped into the lake in front of the stage and continued to dance.
Even the trio gave her a round of applause.
Sol3 Mio certainly know how to put on a show.
Other than guest pianist Clair Caldwell in the first half, which mostly featured opera and musicals, they were the only figures on stage.
They accompanied themselves on ukulele, double bass, piano and hand drum in their second set, which leaned more towards pop music.
Apart from projected backdrops the three relied on only backing tracks and their immense talent.
It is rare to see performers so relaxed on stage.
Throughout the night they told stories, laughed and enjoyed ribbing each other with good-natured one-upmanship.
After a solo, Amitai left the stage, saying “take that, sucker”, to his brother as he walked on for his own turn in the spotlight.
The fact that many a large audience was watching didn’t matter. Sol3 Mio were having fun.
Part of their appeal is the way they make what they do seem effortless – it isn’t – but they make it appear so.
They closed with a rousing rendition of their hit song, I See Fire.
From my position in the audience I saw no flames – but I did see hundreds of very happy people who are sure to return the next time these immensely talented boys hit town.
ANDREW OWEN - Stuff.co.nz
Christmas In The Vines with Sol3 Mio 2015
The thing with Sol3 Mio is that you’re guaranteed an entertaining night of mirth & merriment. Even if you are adverse to Opera music, like myself, the welcome omission of expletive-deletives replaced by the good natured Polynesian joking would make even Miley Cyrus blush – although I’m sure Anika Moa was chomping at the bit to ‘go all the way’.
The still weather against the calm backdrop of the vineyard beckoned the crowd, the atmosphere took on its own setting in the industrial plot near Auckland’s airport. Brothers Pene and Amitai Pati and cousin Moses Mackay were in fine form, cracking jokes, baiting the crowd to dance & bringing alive the spirit of Christmas through song, dance and Rock (the jingle bell kind).
It never ceases to amaze me how these burly Samoan boys have eluded rugby league scouts to end up on a path dressed in suits singing arias. As they took to the stage to shake what their mamas gave them, Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bell Rock & Little Drummer Boy were lapped up by the enthusiastic crowd as Pene quipped “We’ve got big Drummer boys not little ones and one ‘drama-boy'”.
As the night descended across the vines, glow sticks made their way lighting up the picturesque venue, crowd favourites (Dean Martin inspired) That’s Amore, Beauty & the Beast (with Pene & Amina) while Tom Jone’s smash hit songs Delilah & Ten Guitars made a welcome appearance that had even the most fastidious punter singing along. “Is anyone here from Mangere?” Pene quizzed the sea of faces. “Not many in here, I think most of them are at the top of the hill listening”.
Highlight of the night had to be Moses Mackay & dad Victor singing the Elvis hit I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You. His recollection of how his dad won a trolley full of groceries as a young boy from Tokoroa, was natural, loving as his dad entered side of stage to join him for a touching duet. The addition of Pene & Amaitai’s partners Amina Edris & Isabella Moore was a bonus, as they weaved their gifted voices with the orchestra to amaze the audience on Quando M’en Vo from La Boheme & Catalini’s Ebben.
The boys announced they are taking time out next year from each other but not before announcing a nationwide tour starting March next year. Sol3 Mio are a vocal phenomenon, a freak force majeure. How they are New Zealand’s highest selling album still perplexes given their music genre in this stilted pop age, but make no qualms, they are one class act that deserves every bit of kudos that comes their way. Now about those Sol3 Mio aprons…
Wal Reid - Libel Music
Sol3 Mio: mesmerising and brilliant (There and Back Tour 2015)
Now I know what all the fuss is about. Every person I’ve spoken to who has been to a performance by Sol3 Mio has raved about it. Now it’s my turn.
Stirring, powerful, hilarious, mesmerizing and just brilliant.
The Samoan trio, comprising tenor brothers Pene and Amitai Pati and their baritone cousin Moses Mackay, are just incredible. They are so talented yet down to earth and they sure know how to work an audience.
When the lights went out in the packed theatre there was a countdown from 10 to I and then the announcement: “Ladies and gentlemen, Sol3 Mio.”
The theatre exploded into applause as Pene stepped out and started singing O sole mio. His voice is huge and rich.
Then Moses joined him, adding his powerful baritone voice and finally the second tenor Amitai stepped out – and I understood why this trio has been making headlines all over the world.
Accompanying them on piano was Claire Caldwell.
Pene told the audience it had been a crazy year for them.
“We have sung in front of thousands of people, including the Queen. We didn’t know she was there, though,” he said with a laugh.
They laughed at themselves, interacting with the audience, and most of all they sang the most beautiful, stirring notes I have ever heard.
I never thought I would like opera but this trio has shown audiences all over the world that opera can be fun and that engaging with the audience is not just something comedians do.
They each sang a song without their mics, all three voices booming throughout the theatre.
The woman sitting next to me commented after Pene sang the amazing German aria Deinist mein ganzes Herz: “What a voice, it’s magnificent. The strength of it gets right into your soul.”
You’ll Never Walk Alone received thunderous applause at the end of the first half.
The second half of the show began with Pene walking out and sitting at the piano and singing The Rose. Amitai and Moses joined him and it was just incredible.
They had the audience singing and dancing as people stood and swayed and clapped to the music.
Pene asked how many young people were in the audience. He encouraged them to never give up on their dreams.
“Look at us. It’s been a lot of hard work but we never gave up. Always try your hardest.”
At the end of the second half the audience clapped, catcalled, whistled and stomped their feet for an encore, which of course we got.
Ten Guitars and Yellow Bird were sung as I’ve never heard them before.
They ended with a moving version of We are Somoa.
The audience were on their feet clapping and cheering as the trio left the stage after more than two hours of outstanding entertainment.
It wasn’t the first standing ovation of the night but this time I’m pretty sure every person in the theatre was on their feet.
I didn’t’t want it to end – I could have listened to them all night.
The trio are off overseas now but they promised the audience they would be back. I can’t wait.
Linda Hall - Hawke's Bay Today
Christmas In The Vines with Sol3 Mio (2014)
There we were, seated comfortably among the vines, as the sun started setting and the audience filled the venue. It was a magical scene and it felt like Christmas had already arrived, with the terraces and stage festooned with lights. We knew we were in for a special treat.
While we waited, we were entertained by the acoustic opening act, Whenua Patuwai – an easy listening and toe-tapping performance.
Then, as hang gliders soared overhead, on came the three lads, looking impeccable in black with white shirts and dazzling smiles.
Sol3 Mio finally came home on Wednesday for a well-earned break after a busy year away (including performing for the Queen) and they wanted to deliver some special Christmas cheer to their Hawke’s Bay fans.
The three Samoans – tenor brothers Pene and Amitai Pati and their baritone cousin Moses Mackay – love having a laugh on stage and I enjoyed the show as much for the humour as I did the songs – “I’m drinking water because I’ve swallowed a bug”.
We were treated to amazing renditions of Mamma – “in Italian, it means … Mum”, Bring Him Home (from Les Miserables), The Rose, Amore – “that’s Amore, not a Maori”, Nella Fantasia – “it’s about living your dream”, and more.
After the interval, the trio took the stage for the final hour.
The swirling lights were lovely but the bright white ones aimed at us were blinding, albeit briefly. I guess the trio just wanted to see our happy faces.
Looking around the audience at one point, I noticed everyone looked enchanted, happy and relaxed. Some danced in the “sandpit” and we were encouraged to sing along.
Beauty and the Beast – “I’m Beauty, he’s the Beast” – was hauntingly lovely.
These are powerful voices, in perfect harmony. They all play instruments as well (guitar, ukulele, piano, double bass and bongo drum), which was wonderful to see and hear.
Special mention must go to Sol3 Mio’s accompanist for this concert, Claire Caldwell, who has been with them since the beginning and played beautifully on the night. Combined with backing tracks, the sound was perfectly engineered.
After a couple of standing ovations, the lads returned for an encore – “there is a bug on my arm”.
We were treated to Yellow Bird (by popular request) and Hallelujah.
Making our way downhill after the performance, all I could hear were people praising Sol3Mio for their performance and their characters. I hope they return soon.-I can recommend you buy the DVD Sol3 Mio – Ladies and Gentlemen, Live in Concert. It’s fabulous.
Kerry Hebberley - Hawkes Bay Today
Brotherly Banter - Sol3 Mio Live In Wellington (National Tour 2014)
If it’s possible to become the biggest act in the country quietly, opera trio Sol3 Mio have done just that with a huge audience for their classical crossover.
Their self-titled debut album, released in November, has outsold Lorde on its way to going sextuple platinum.
Their show on Saturday night at the Michael Fowler Centre was the fifth of a tour that sold out so quickly a trio of arena shows have been added to mop up the extra demand.
They have achieved these giddying feats through a deft combination of pure vocal horsepower and a generous, inclusive humour.
The show opens with a selection of arias, delivered in a more austere style than what is to follow. They say it’s to nail down their opera credentials, which are impeccable.
Pene Pati, the group’s unofficial leader, receives raves for his work with the San Francisco Opera, and purists await his brother Amitai and cousin Moses Mackay in Europe later this year.
The opera provides the aesthetic high points, plugging their masterful voices into arias which showcase their range. The other half of the show is spent on more populist material, with sometimes cloying arrangements, preying on the audience’s nostalgia glands.
The crowd in Wellington was younger and more cosmopolitan than opera’s core audience, and there was a big effort to make Sol3 Mio a bridge to opera for newcomers.
One of the most worthwhile parts of the show was the introductions to the ancient songs, providing scene-setting to give context to the musical drama.
That seriousness is balanced by an easy-going, effortless humour.
In between, and often during, songs, they play for laughs.
It’s a combination of slapstick, shameless self-promotion (the showy, funny mopping of brows with branded tea towels) and gentle ribbing. The jokes are often improvised but, perhaps because that form of comedy is so rarely encountered in 2014, it feels surprisingly fresh.
After an opera-heavy opening hour there’s a 20 minute intermission before the trio return with what they dub a “chill out” section, featuring renditions of pop songs both timeless (Cohen’s Hallelujah) and tired (My Way).
It peaks with a crowd-sung take on The Sound of Music’s Edelweiss which is unexpectedly deeply affecting.
That swing between comedy and naked emotion – Tell My Father had Mackay welling up – is like nothing else I’ve encountered on a New Zealand stage. A large part of their genius comes from expertly maintaining that balance between the songs’ raw emotion and a gentle, inclusive banter .
After a proving their musical dexterity on guitar, piano and double bass, they ramp to a conclusion with Nessun Dorma and a beatific We Are Samoa, by which point it was clear this first Wellington show was on its way to becoming a triumph.
The tour shows that while this crowd might be older, they remain vast and eager. Sol3 Mio, with their perfectly pitched combination of schmaltz, sincerity and extraordinary singing, prove that a well -pitched and staged performance can pack houses with a vast audience the youth-focused music industry frequently neglects.
The album is shortly due for release in the UK and Australia. There’s every reason to believe Sol3 Mio will be received as well there as they were here tonight.
Duncan Grieves - Stuff.co.nz